Update February 2018
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Okay! I will be the first to admit for as long as I have been blogging, I still have had my questions about the proper use of hashtags with social media.
Nagging thoughts of am I hashtagging too little or too much? Am I using the right type of hashtags for the given situations? Well, I have finally had enough of this wondering and have gone in search of some answers. Figured while I am undertaking this journey, I should share what I learn so that it may clear up the hashtag dilemma for other folks, as well. Here is what I found out:
- Twitter and Instagram continue to be a great places to use hashtags. Limit your hashtags though to 1 to 3 and make sure they are highly relevant to your topic. If introducing a new, unique hashtag tied to your site or product, make sure to pair with a more popular mainstream hashtag.
- Facebook is amenable to hashtags, as well, but I gather not to use them with quite the amount and frequency that you would on Twitter and Instagram.
- (Update 2018) Pinterest is now supporting hashtags. You may use up to 20 per Pin description, but I personally stick to only 3 or 4. I feel that too many simply take away from the user experience and actually look spammy.
- Other popular sites that allow hashtags include Flickr, Google +, Orkut, Tumblr, and YouTube.
Want to research the popularity of specific hashtags and find alternate hashtag suggestions. Have a look at these sites:
- Hashtagify.me -I love that under the popular hashtags section, the site has a “breaking out” segment. A great way to catch trends and hot topics on the early end. Also, so neat that you can see top influencers for specific hashtag terms.
- Hashtags.org-An article on Sprout Social brought to my attention this site. Without paying, not a lot of advanced features are available, but the ability to look at the hourly traffic on a keyword is helpful for getting a feel for the popularity of individual keywords and the time of day that they are most searched for.
- KeyHole-Another great mention by Social Sprout. Type in a hashtag to search and get a sampling of recent mentions of the hashtag, when those mentions most occurred over a 24 hour period, who is doing the mentioning and their demographics, and related keywords and their relative popularity. Good stuff!
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I didn’t realize that about pinterest! Thanks for the great tips! 🙂
Yes! Pinterest treats hashtags a bit differently than most of the other social media sites that allow them.
Iulia Gulia says
Thanks for posting this…I’m new to the hashtagging world so I like learning about how to do it most effectively. One thing I know I can’t stand is having hashtags that are a million miles long or a post with 30 different hashtags!
I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate these hashtag tips! It really helped clear it up for me. 🙂
So glad this hashtag article is helpful for you. Doing the research was certainly helpful for me.
Hashtags have always been a dilemma for me — where to use, how to use. The other question I’ve had — do they make a difference — can be checked with the sites you suggest. Thanks for the great information!
I really enjoyed researching this topic because I had always wanted some clear answers.
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Appreciate it so much.
I am dropping by from Frugal Friday. Hashtags are my least favorite thing on social media! Overrated!
Sinea Pies says
Well that does it … no more hashtags for my Pinterest descriptions!
Love the Hashtagify website. It is interesting to see what additional hashtags are used in association with the ones I primarily use.
I know I had a really hard time giving up hashtags on Pinterest because so used to inserting them on other outlets. Really has cleaned my descriptions up though and I think (no hard scientific evidence yet), I am getting repined better without them.
Just checked out hastagify.me. It looks like a really cool resource. Thanks for the great tips. 🙂 I have a love/hate relationship with hashtags, lol!
Yes, hashtags are one of those love/hate aspects of social media.